SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Established in 1973, this award is presented to scholars who bring broad academic interests; rigorous and innovative teaching methodology; and current, far-reaching knowledge to their classes. Their concern for students is evidenced by the individual attention they accord each student and by their commitment to helping students to enhance their scholarly and creative abilities and attain academic excellence.

2020-21 Honorees

Christine P. Bartholomew

School of Law

Professor in the School of Law, Christine Bartholomew, JD, demonstrates noteworthy excellence in teaching, mentorship and scholarship, and is held in high esteem by students and colleagues alike as a thoughtful, innovative, and effective professor. Teaching and conducting research in civil procedure, evidence, antitrust and legal education, she has published a dozen articles—six in top 25 law reviews—two book chapters, five essays, and a textbook on legal reasoning. Professor Bartholomew designs courses to reach students of different backgrounds, aptitudes, and learning styles without sacrificing depth and breadth of coverage. Honored on numerous occasions for her teaching and mentorship, Professor Bartholomew has received the Award for Outstanding Teaching from five of the School of Law’s last seven graduating classes.

G. James Lemoine

Department of Organization and Human Resources

A dedicated scholar, James Lemoine, PhD, associate professor of organization and human resources, is recognized for his exemplary teaching methods. Topics include organizational behavior and leadership, with a strong focus on moral and servant leadership, motivation and ethics, and creativity and gender. Dr. Lemoine’s teaching has proven highly effective across a wide audience, from undergraduates to executive MBAs. He has been lauded by students and peers for delivering content in an engaging, inspirational way that captures students’ attention while applying pedagogical techniques that optimize learning and retention. Faculty director of the school’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, Dr. Lemoine also is known for his scholarly impact, particularly at the intersection of leadership and ethics. Harvard Business Review has written about his teaching.

Marina Tsianou

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Marina Tsianou, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is praised as a consistently outstanding teacher and mentor. Extremely generous with her time and availability, she is deeply invested in the intellectual growth of her students, actively encouraging their inquisitiveness and participation, and bringing clarity and a real-world context to key course concepts. In the wide range of courses she has taught, Dr. Tsianou is renowned for the breadth, depth, effectiveness and inclusiveness of her instruction. A dedicated advisor and mentor, she always demonstrates genuine and continual concern for her students. In concert with her outstanding teaching, Dr. Tsianou with her students have published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and delivered over 130 presentations at scientific meetings.